Center for Science & Allied Health

Merritt College, Oakland, CA

KPW prepared Design Development Level bridging documents for the Center for Science and Allied Health, a USGBC LEED Gold project. It features classrooms, laboratories, and other educational spaces. It consists of two seismically isolated portions with slab-on-grade at the lower floors. Significant grading and retaining walls resolve the 40ft of slope differential along this 400ft long building. The seismic system consists of structural steel special seismic moment resisting frames (SMRF) utilizing wide flange beams, built up box columns, and reduced beam section (RBS) beam-to-column connections. The SMRF frame system provides the building with the most efficient balance of plan flexibility, future modification flexibility, building strength, structural ductility, sustainability, and cost-effectiveness, while enabling the construction schedule compliance.

Completion Date: 2016
Structural Systems: Steel SMRF
Architect: Flad Architects
LEED Status: Gold